The Japanese influences continue. I ventured away from using the torii image and have just featured the kitsune (sacred fox :a messenger of the god Inari)) . As always , I like to experiment with colors and textures .
The Kitsune/Saito series (see right hand side) is based off the works of the print maker Kiyoshi Saito .These are my very latest paintings. I chose the palette from a previous painting in the Calder series . Primary colors were his feature (especially red). However you can see I veered from this idea in the Saito series #4 (bottom).used pop colors instead.
On the left are works inspired from the show The Life of Animals in Japanese Art which I saw this summer in DC.
Inuit/japanese Inlfuences: Torii and Sedna 2019
This is the 2nd painting in what seems to be another series. This time about Torii. Torii are the gates that divide the mundane world from the spiritual. This work is on canvas and is enveloped all in the many ranges of red. It seems to suggestive a subtle narrative. Sedna (the Inuit sea goddess) seems to be floating through a series of Torii. Did she come down from Mt. Fuji?
This is a small painting on canvas. It started out as a painting with a Matisse influence that was not working out. 90% of it got painted over. Now it has more of a Paul Klee aura.
I used his The Goldfish, 1925 and the Black Prince, 1927 for the dark the dream-like palette with luminous highlights. The images are Japanese and Inuit. It all relates to transformation.
This is my most recent painting. Inuit/Japanese Influences: Torii & Fox 2019, pastel, gouache on paper (41"Hx29.5"W) unframed
You can see here what helped inspire the painting. We notice so many of these cloth rectangles over entrances in Japan. when I found this one (on the internet of course) I was thrilled. This is over my studio entrance from the house
I took many photos and projected them onto paper and did over-lays.
The fox is Kitsuni, the assistant to the god Inari, and has the power to transform. The syllabics say "fox" in Inuktitut.
Lastly, a few of my life drawings. I will be continuing the weekly sessions until June. It's good practice for me. I haven't used figures in my works for many long years!
I am quite excited about the upcoming show at Three Stones Gallery. You'll see many more photos for my September update.
I have made one more painting featuring a polar bear created by the Inuit artist Saila Pauta. Pauta's bears are very highly collectable and he is one of the Inuit culture's most famous artists.
Exciting News! I signed a contract with Three Stones Gallery in West Concord this week. They will represent me for the next year. My paintings will be show alone with Jonathon MacAdam early September-October 19th. A party is scheduled for September 20th. More updates coming...
Below is a quick view of work done since February.